BC Practical Nurse Graduate

You may apply in this category if you graduated from a CLPNBC-recognized practical nursing education program in BC. 

You can begin the process of applying for registration with CLPNBC when you are nearing the end of your program. 

Step 1: Create an online CLPNBC account

  • In the top right hand corner of the CLPNBC webpage, click on LPN Sign in
  • Click I need to create an account
  • Click continue
  • Fill in all the fields
  • Remember your email address and password. (You will use them every time you sign in.)
  • Click continue
  • Write down your CLPNBC ID number. (You will need it for verifying your registration on the Public Registry.)

Step 2: Complete the online application

  • Sign in to your CLPNBC account (LPN Sign in) with the email address and password you used to create an account.
  • Complete the online application form by:
    • Verifying the information you provided when you created your CLPNBC account
    • Choosing whether you wish to apply for interim registration 
    • Consenting to a criminal record check
    • Providing information related to your fitness to practise nursing
    • Providing information related to all of your nursing education
    • Consenting to the exam 
    • Providing details about any other applications for registration in Canada or internationally
    • Acknowledging that you have read and understand all of the consent and declaration requirements 

Step 3: Submit your payment

Submit payment using one of the secure online payment options. You can also choose to pay later by mailing us a Money Order. For more about fees and payment options click here.

If you applied for interim registration, we will notify you after steps 5 and 6 if you are approved and how to submit the applicable payment. 

Step 4: Submit the required documentation

  • Go to the Registrar’s Office at your school to request your official transcript be sent directly to CLPNBC
  • Visit a lawyer or notary public to request that he or she notarizes your:
    • Statutory Declaration Form
    • Identity documents (two valid government issued IDs - e.g., Driver’s Licence, BC Services Card, Passport, etc.). One ID must include a picture
  • Upload a scanned PDF of the notarized identity documents and statutory declaration form, or submit them as photos (.jpg or .png files) in the application or by email after your application is submitted.

Step 5: CLPNBC assesses your application 

CLPNBC will begin the assessment of your application when we have received:

  • your application 
  • applicable fees
  • required documents 

As we assess your application, we will send you updates by email and let you know if we need more information to complete the assessment.

When we assess your application for registration we consider the following:

Good Character

When determining whether you are of good character, we review:

  • The circumstances around any previous criminal charges and/or convictions, the results of your criminal record check, and any other information you wish to have considered related to the same, if applicable
  • The completeness, correctness, and accuracy of the information you provided on the application form 
  • Information related to other application(s) for registration, or previous registration history, if applicable
  • Information related to previous employment, or employment while holding interim registration, if applicable 
  • Information from the educational institution, if applicable

Fitness to Practise Nursing

When determining whether you are fit to engage in practical nursing practice, we review:

  • Self-disclosure of a physical or mental ailment, an emotional disturbance or an addiction to alcohol or drugs that could impair your ability to practise
  • Information from previous employer(s) disclosing the same, if applicable
  • Information regarding any previous registration cancellation or voluntary relinquishment of registration related to the same, if applicable
  • Information from treating physician(s) or specialist(s) who can provide an opinion as to your current health status, any recommendations for safe entrance into the profession, and your fitness to practise nursing (We only request this information in certain circumstances.)
  • Information submitted with a Request for Accommodation for the CPNRE®

Competence

We review information from your program about your knowledge, skills, attitudes, critical thinking, and clinical judgment to confirm you achieved the entry-to-practice competencies expected of LPNs in BC.

English Language Proficiency

If English is not the first language you learned at home in childhood and the language primarily used for reading, writing, listening and speaking, you will be required to demonstrate your English language proficiency. 

Step 6: Receive CPNRE authorization/interim registration approval

Once you have satisfactorily met all of the above requirements, we will email you let you know which exam window you will be able to take the CPNRE®

If we approved you for interim registration, we include a link in the email to pay the applicable registration fee using your CLPNBC online account. Once you receive an email from us confirming receipt of payment, check the Public Registry to confirm your authorization to practise nursing. 

Step 7: Schedule your exam appointment

You will receive an email from Pearson VUE inviting you to schedule your exam appointment. Carefully read the information in the email and follow the instructions to pay the test centre fee and schedule your exam appointment. You will be able to choose where (province and city) you would like to take the exam. In addition, you will have up to 20 dates to choose from when scheduling your exam date. 

Review all exam related resources provided by Pearson VUE to familiarize yourself with the test centre, relevant test centre policies, and the Candidate Rules Agreement, which you will sign when you arrive at the testing centre to take the CPNRE®. On the day of your scheduled exam, make sure you arrive at your chosen test centre 30 minutes before the exam start time. Contact Pearson VUE for any questions about the testing centres, scheduling, cancelling, or rescheduling your exam. 

Step 8: Receive your exam results

CLPNBC receives your exam results within one month of your exam date. Whether you passed or failed the exam, we will notify you of your results by email. 

If you passed, the email will include a link to pay the practising registration fee (step 9). If you worked as an LPN while you held interim registration, we will ask you to submit an Interim Registration Employer Form from your employer(s) before moving on to Step 9. 

If you failed, the email will include instructions about applying for the next exam and paying the applicable fees.  You will not be able to move to step 9 until you have successfully completed the exam. If you fail the exam twice, your interim registration will be cancelled. 

Step 9: Pay for practising registration

The email with your exam results includes a link for paying the practising registration fee. Sign in to your CLPNBC account, and make a payment using one of the secure online payment options. You can choose to pay later by mailing us a Money Order. For more about fees and payment options click here.

Step 10: Confirm your registration status

Once you pay the practising registration fee and before going to work as an LPN, check the Public Registry to confirm CLPNBC has authorized you to practise nursing. 

Remember the expiry date of your registration. Without current registration, it is an offence under the Health Professions Act and a breach of the Standards of Practice  to use any variation of the LPN title or to practise nursing in BC. CLPNBC charges a $200 fee for practising without current registration.

Non-recognized BC practical nursing education program graduate

If you have completed a BC practical nursing education program that is not on the list of recognized programs, you must email or phone the registration team at 778.373.3101 to arrange for an assessment of the curriculum to determine whether it is substantially equivalent to a recognized program. 

Definitions

Good character refers to a combination of personal qualities and traits, such as: 
  • moral or ethical strength; 
  • integrity, candour, empathy and honesty; 
  • an appreciation of the difference between right and wrong; 
  • the moral fibre to do that which is right, no matter how uncomfortable the doing may be and not to do that which is wrong no matter what the consequences may be to oneself; and  
  • the character to deal properly with the numerous and weighty demands placed on professionals. 
Fitness to Practise refers to the absence of any physical or mental condition or addiction that may impair your ability to practise.

Helpful Hints to Avoid Delays:

  • Get your documents notarized before you apply so you can upload them when you complete your application. You can also email or mail them to us after you submit your application. See Step 4 for documentation requirements.
  • Make sure all identity copies clearly show your face, name and signature, and that all other information is clear and visible
  • Make sure your Statutory Declaration Form is complete
  • Keep the original copies of all documents in case we require them
  • Do not submit copies of your credit card or Social Insurance Number